Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa

Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE is dispatching some of his most prominent surrogates to Iowa in the home stretch to the state’s caucuses in less than a week.

Biden’s campaign announced Tuesday it's sending 21 surrogates to crisscross the Hawkeye State and headline more than 100 events. The effort is part of the “Beat Trump Barnstorm” tour that will start Thursday and stretch through to Monday, the day of the caucuses.

The list of surrogates makes up the campaign’s A-list of supporters: members of the Obama administration, high-profile members of Congress, including members of Iowa’s House delegation, and more.

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Among the surrogates blanketing Iowa are former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies Kerry: 'We can't get where we need to go' in climate fight if China isn't joining in A new UN climate architecture is emerging focused on need for speed MORE, former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, and Democratic Reps. Cindy AxneCindy AxneBusiness groups create new headache for Pelosi Chamber of Commerce warns moderate Democrats against voting for reconciliation Katie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House MORE (Iowa), Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerGrassley leads Finkenauer by 18 points in hypothetical matchup: poll Cotton to stump for Iowa GOP candidate amid 2024 speculation Axne endorses Finkenauer Senate bid in Iowa MORE (Iowa), Seth MoultonSeth MoultonHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation GOP lawmaker says he did not threaten US Embassy staff in Tajikistan House panel approves B boost for defense budget MORE (Mass.), Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBlack Caucus meets with White House over treatment of Haitian migrants The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Questions on Biden agenda; unemployment benefits to end Sunday shows - Biden domestic agenda, Texas abortion law dominate MORE (La.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOhio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE (Ohio).

Surrogates will visit more than 30 counties across Iowa in the five-day tour, hitting major cities such as Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo. They will host events such as canvass kickoffs and phone banks.

Biden himself will also be visiting 20 cities and 17 counties as part of his “Soul of the Nation” bus tour that runs through Sunday.

Several other top-tier candidates have unleashed high-profile surrogates of their own, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (I-Vt.) deploying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill Feehery: The confidence game Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions MORE (D-N.Y.) to the state on his behalf and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE (D-Mass.) campaigning with Jonathan Van Ness, the co-host of the hit Netflix show “Queer Eye.”

The campaigns’ full-court press in Iowa reflects the competitive nature of the caucuses there in the final days leading up to the race. 

The RealClearPolitics polling average in Iowa shows Sanders with a slim lead, buoyed by a rash of first-place finishes in recent surveys. However, Biden, Warren and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE all are within striking distance in the final week before caucusgoers hit the polls.